11 And she said, "No man, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you. Go, and sin no more."1 [Now many people cannot believe that Jesus meant "perfect" when he said, Be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect, Mat 5:48; but isn't Jesus saying the same thing when he says, sin no more?]
14 Afterwards Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, "Behold, you are made whole; sin no more for fear that something worse may happen to you."1 [Something worse is Hell. Jesus forgives our past sins, providing we are seeking His help to stop sinning altogether and to even have our desires to sin destroyed. He gives us serious warnings about continuing to sin; He tell us to sin no more; so He obviously has provided a way to comply, which is the inward cross of self-denial.]
3 I tell you, no. But unless you repent, all of you will also perish.1 [These times of ignorance God has overlooked; but now he commands all men everywhere to repent, Acts 17:30. For of this you can be sure, that no sexually immoral, or impure, or covetous person (who is an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Eph 5:5. Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. 1 Cor 15:34.]
5 I tell you, no. But unless you repent, all of you will also perish." [The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, ...but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Pet 3:9. From the Word of the Lord within: "Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, who stand forth without repentance!"]
|Ezekiel 18:30-32 |
30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, everyone according to his ways," says the Lord GOD. "Repent! And turn from all your transgressions, so iniquity will not be your ruin.
31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, by which you have transgressed; and get a new heart, a new mind, and a new spirit. For why will you die1, O house of Israel?
32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him who dies," says the Lord GOD. "Therefore turn [from your evil ways] and live!"